Orange Bowl has Harbaugh, Fisher talking memories

Have great respect for the game of football and what a tremendous opportunity this is to play in the Orange Bowl against a great football team.

MI (10-2, Big Ten) vs Florida State (9-3, ACC), Dec. 30, 8 p.m. In 1986, current MI coach Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked the Wolverines to a 20-18 over the 'Noles.

Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher looks on from the bench in the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.

Leach was one of Harbaugh's biggest heroes, and Harbaugh recalled being on the sideline for that Orange Bowl game 41 years ago.

The Wolverines will play in the Orange Bowl for the first time since Tom Brady threw four touchdowns to help them beat Alabama 35-34 to conclude the 1999 season.

MI is Orange Bowl-bound after games over the weekend didn't go the Wolverines' way.

11 in the College Football Playoff final rankings - remained ahead of Louisville to take the ACC's spot in the Orange Bowl, against No. 6 MI. MI was hoping to sneak into the final four of the College Football playoffs but things didn't go their way this weekend.

"Florida State is a team that improved as the season went along, a very talented team", Hocutt said. FSU won the most recent matchup 51-31 back in 1991.

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MI quarterback Wilton Speight valiantly played at less than 100 percent in the loss to Ohio State but has mostly been relegated to game-manager duties. After Clemson defeated Virginia Tech and advanced to the CFB Playoff, the committee was left to decide who would earn the spot between Florida State and Louisville.

MI and Florida State have never met in the postseason, but they have squared off twice during their storied histories, both in Ann Arbor.

Standout running back Dalvin Cook will try to crack a run defense allowing the sixth-fewest yards per carry in the country. The two key players to watch on that side of the ball are defensive end Demarcus Walker and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, both first-team All-ACC players and potential All-Americans. Florida State associate athletic director Jason Dennard announced on Twitter that Osceola and his horse, Renegade, would be making the trip to Miami.

Louisville had hoped that a big win over FSU in September would give it the edge, but the Seminoles' four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season - as well as two straight losses by the Cardinals - tipped the scales toward Florida State.

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will get the toughest test of his young career in the Orange Bowl against MI.

"Just watching all the games the two years, Jim is much further ahead than I would have thought in two years".

"I don't know if they will", Fisher responded.

"I know what this win could mean for us if we get the win", Butt said. They fell to 3-2 following a loss to North Carolina in early October but finished by winning six of seven, including 31-13 victory against rival Florida to end the season. Led by do-it-all safety Jabril Peppers, the Wolverine defense ranks in the top two in five defensive categories: total defense (2), pass defense (1), tackles for loss (1), sacks (2), scoring defense (2).